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Lancet appears to have changed its “two different embargo times” policy

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I wrote about a strange policy in March: The Lancet‘s releases used to lift at a minute after midnight UK time, unless you were on the east coast of the US, where they lifted 31 minutes earlier. That translates into 7:01 p.m. Eastern vs. 6:30 p.m. Eastern, and the policy was in place for the benefit of evening network newscasts.

It seems they’ve changed it, based on all the embargo times listed on EurekAlert. All their embargoes now lift at 6:30, apparently.

I’ve sent the Lancet press office a message to confirm and find out why they made this change, and when. If I’m reading things right, it’s the second thing I’ve liked about the journal in just a few weeks.

Should I be worried?

Written by Ivan Oransky

November 10, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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